Baltimore Ravens History and FAQs

Baltimore Ravens M&T Bank Stadium Lamar Jackson and Ray Lewis

When was the Baltimore Ravens Franchise Established?

The Ravens were established in 1996 when Art Modell, owner of the Cleveland Browns, relocated the team to Baltimore and renamed them the Ravens, as an homage to Baltimore literary icon, Edgar Allan Poe.

What is the Baltimore Ravens Home Stadium?

In 1998 the Ravens began play in their new M&T Bank Stadium (cap. 70,745), an open-air stadium which, since 2016, has featured a natural grass playing surface.

Have the Baltimore Ravens Won Any Super Bowls?

The Ravens quickly found success, winning Super Bowl XXXV in the 2000 season. They defeated the New York Giants 34-7 in a dominant defensive performance. The defense, led by linebacker Ray Lewis, was one of the most formidable in NFL history.
The Ravens returned to the Super Bowl in the 2012 season (Super Bowl XLVII), facing the San Francisco 49ers. They won 34-31 in a thrilling game. This victory marked the end of Ray Lewis's illustrious career, adding a fairytale finish to his legacy.

Who is the Ravens' All-Time Best Player?

Linebacker, Ray Lewis, Hall of Fame 2018, played his entire 17-year career with the Ravens. Lewis was selected by the Ravens in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft out of Miami and immediately became the centerpiece of the defense, leading the team in tackles as a rookie, the first of 14 times he led the Ravens in tackles. Known for his intensity and leadership, Lewis is considered one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history.

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From 2001-2007 the Ravens continued to be a competitive team, making multiple playoff appearances during this period. In 2001, the team reached the Divisional Round of the playoffs, and in 2006, they earned their first playoff victory since their Super Bowl win.
John Harbaugh took over as head coach in 2008 and the team continued its success. The Harbaugh-led Ravens won the AFC title in 2012, earning therm an appearance in Super Bowl XLVII against 5-time SB champs, the San Francisco 49ers. Led by quarterback and game MVP, Joe Flacco, the 4-point underdog Ravens defeated the 49ers 34-31 in what became known as the "Blackout Bowl" due to the 34-minute blackout in the Louisiana Super Dome during the game.

Who Replaced Joe Flacco as the Baltimore Ravens Quarterback?

Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson took over as the Ravens' starting quarterback for the injured Joe Flacco in 2018, leading the team to a division championship and becoming the youngest starting quarterback in an NFL playoff game at age 21.
In the 2019 season, Lamar Jackson won the NFL MVP award, becoming the youngest quarterback in league history to achieve this honor.

The Baltimore Ravens have established themselves as a consistently competitive team in the NFL, with a history marked by Super Bowl victories, legendary players, and passionate fan support. As the franchise continues to evolve, the Ravens remain a prominent force in professional football.